India defeated England in the third T20I match played at Bangalore by 75 runs and won the three-match T20I series 2-1. India faced a daunting task to clinch the series after losing the first match of the series at Kanpur, but the way in which Indian bowlers performed in the next two matches, showed that Indian bowling unit is in the right frame of mind ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. For England, this T20I series was about proving the point that they can compete in any conditions. They fought hard but it was India which won many crucial moments in the series with the help of some brilliant individual performances.
Unlike the Test and ODIs, this series was not just about Virat Kohli as India won the series thanks to a complete team effort. Lokesh Rahul found his rhythm while Suresh Raina also played two decent knocks in the series. The rise of Yuzvendra Chahal was a welcome one for India along with the ever-improving Amit Mishra. Ashish Nehra and Yuvraj Singh proving that old is gold. Meanwhile Mahendra Singh Dhoni silently sent a message that why he is still the go-to man for India at any batting position.
This was the first time that India won a T20I series against England. Yuzvendra Chahal won the Man of the Series award for his outstanding bowling performance. Here are a few statistical landmarks and milestone achieved during the series.
Kohli became the third captain to lead India at least once in all three formats of the game. Virender Sehwag and Dhoni are the other captains who have done the same. However, Kohli became the fifth captain to lead India in T20Is.
India scored only 147 runs in the first T20I match and that provided only the fourth occasion in T20Is when Dhoni was the top-scorer for the hosts. He made 36* runs in the first T20I played at Kanpur. India lost that match by seven wickets and this was their sixth loss against England in T20Is which is the most for India against any team in the format.
It was important for India to win the second T20I match to stay alive in the series and the win was achieved by 5 runs despite posting less than 150 runs in the first innings. This was only the third time that India successfully defended their total after scoring less than 150 runs in T20Is. India lost nine T20Is after posting less than 150 runs while one match ended in a tie against Pakistan in World T20 2007. However, the Dhoni-led side won that match in the bowl out.
Rahul scored 71 runs in the second T20I match and it is now the fourth highest score by an Indian opener in T20Is. The highest score by an Indian opener in the shortest format is 106 which was scored by Rohit Sharma against South Africa at Dharamsala in 2015. Rahul’s 71 is also the highest by an Indian player against England in T20Is. The previous highest was 68 by Sehwag at Durban in 2007.
Nehra played an important role in India’s win over England in the second match. He picked up three wickets and became the second oldest pacer to pick up a three wicket-haul in a T20I match. Trent Johnston is the oldest pacer to take a three-wicket haul in the format.
Rishabh Pant made his T20I debut for India in the third game becoming the youngest player (19 years, 120 days) to do so. The previous youngest player was Ishant Sharma who made his debut when he was 19 years and 152 days old against Australia in 2008.
Raina became the second Indian batsman to hit 250 sixes in Twenty20 cricket after hitting five sixes in the third T20I. He is overall the ninth player to achieve the landmark. Among Indians, Rohit Sharma has hit most sixes (254) in Twenty20 cricket.
In the final match of the series at Bangalore, Dhoni scored a fifty after 65 T20I innings. He took 66 innings to do so which is the most by any player in the shortest format. His previous highest score was 48 not out which he scored against Australia in Sydney in 2012.
Mishra became the second Indian bowler to take 200 wickets in T20 cricket in the second match. In the third T20I, by picking up a wicket of Jason Roy, he now holds the record of picking up most wickets in T20 cricket among Indians.
Chahal became the first Indian player to take a five-wicket haul in T20Is. His figures of 6/25 in the third T20Is is now the third best figures in Twenty20 internationals for any bowler.
England lost their last eight wickets by adding only eight runs in 19 balls which is the worst ever eight-wicket collapse in T20 internationals. This is also the second worst eight-wicket collapse in international cricket.
In England’s innings in the third T20I, five batmen scored duck which is now the joint second-most figure in an innings of a T20I match. This is also the most ducks by a team against India in a T20I match.
India won the third T20I match by 75 runs which is now India’s second largest win in T20Is in-terms of runs. The highest one is by 90 runs also against England at Colombo (RPS).